The Dogon live in the remote Bandiagara cliffs.
They have a very complex cosmology and are known for their incredible
masks and sculptures. Sculptures are important in their everyday life. Both
their making & purpose have symbolic meaning. Sculptures are kept in
houses, sanctuaries or by the Hogon (spiritual leader).This tall and impressive
piece represents a female ancestral figure. It served as a shrine figure belonging
to the Hogon, the spiritual leader of the Dogon. The Dogon worship their
ancestors, both historical and mythical, and this figure relates to a real or
fictional ancestor. The sculpture of the Dogon constitutes one of the richest
artistic traditions of West Africa.
Ex. Christopher and Genevieve McConnell collection.
Numerous cracks and eroded areas and part of the base is missing.
Height: 31 ⅜" x Width: 5" x Depth: 4 ½" - it is 31 ⅞" tall on its base.